What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste can be defined as waste that is reduced, re-used, recycled and value recovered, becoming a resource and where no waste is sent to land-fill. Implementing zero waste will eliminate all waste to land, water or air that are a threat to all living things and our environment.

For the moment zero waste doesn't exist, as our global infrastructure is linear (we buy + consume, thus creating waste) not circular (without waste). For Zero waste to work affectively the world would work together though design, manufacturing and lessen/eliminate the amount of waste.

So what can we do in the meantime? Not everyone has access to markets, recycling, zero waste stores, or has the time to make things from scratch, plus not everyone wants to give up single-use plastic in everything they use either. The key thing is to do what you can with the resources and access you have. Being Zero Waste isn’t about being all in or nothing it’s about putting value back into the food we eat, things we buy and making conscious decisions where possible.

The best place to start is to think about how you use things, is there an eco friendly alternative for buying your food, cleaning products or clothes? Think about where you can make a change and stick to it, even if you think its a small change; it's a big part in your piece of the jigsaw.

Tips to start living a more waste free lifestyle coming soon!

Eco beauty switch: Re-useable make-up pads

When I found out about re-useable make-up pads my first thought was... why didn't I think to use these before?! 

I bought these pads from Marley's Monsters (www.marleysmonsters.com) they sell eco-friendly and re-useable beauty, home and baby items. I was drawn to these because of the lemon print (typical stylist!) but looks aside these pads are amazing! They are made of 100% cotton flannel and are soft on my skin. 

My reason for looking for an alternative? Even though I used to buy organic cotton pads I was still creating waste... I calculated that in a year I was using about 1,450 pads; that is a waste of natural resources and ££.

Usability: I use about 1-2 pads per day for cleansing and toning (I wear light coverage makeup and some mascara); on days with a heavier base of make-up 2-3 pads. I've been using the pads for about a month now and I'm really happy with the results. My skin is soft and no stray cotton bits stuck to your face!

Wash/care: To look after/wash the pads I pop them in a netted drawstring bag (see below this one is from the zero waste maker www.the-zero-waste-maker.com/). Once I've built up about a weeks worth (10-14 pads) I just add the bag in with my light wash at 30 degrees and they come out lovely and clean! If there are heavy mascara/makeup stains then you will need to use a bit of stain remover on them before adding to a wash. I definitely recommend the drawstring bag as when I first washed some nearly got lost in the drum!

Storage: I store my pads in a glass jar (previously a gift which has cotton wool inside) but any airtight container will do. Make sure pads are dry before storing to ensure they are in top condition before usage.

Durability: If looked after properly re-useable cotton pads will last years which is better for the environment and your wallet!

Overall: Great for your skin, the environment and your wallet!

The eco friendly journey begins...

"I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle... if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that's what will give you hope" - Dr Jane Goodall

The quote above was the starting point of my eco friendly journey. I have always been aware of environmental issues and tried to be as eco friendly as I can (buying cruelty free products, recycling as much as possible etc). In recent months programmes like Blue Planet have brought the threat of plastic to the forefront, audiences saw shocking images such as birds feeding plastic to their young and the frightening rate plastic is filling up our oceans.

Shocked by the recent images and facts it has inspired me to make positive changes to significantly reduce my plastic waste, buy clothes from sustainable sources and cut as many nasty chemicals out of my beauty regime as possible! 

So for now... I'm looking after my bit of the jigsaw… one sustainable step at a time.